Sorcerous Spyglass


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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Sorcerous Spyglass


As Sorcerous Spyglass enters the battlefield, look at an opponent's hand, then choose any card name.

Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

Sorcerous Spyglass Discussion

hungry000 on B/W Gideon, Brisela

1 day ago

For the Zombies deck some extra exile cards are gonna be useful; 2 Celestial Purge , maybe 1 Settle the Wreckage . Here's where I'd start for a sideboard and how to upgrade it:

2 Duress (upgrade --> Thoughtseize )

3 Nihil Spellbomb (upgrade --> 2 Rest in Peace / Relic of Progenitus + 1 Grafdigger's Cage )

2 Celestial Purge

1 Blessed Alliance

1-2 Runed Halo

1 Sorcerous Spyglass

2 Kaya's Guile

1 Timely Reinforcements

0-1 Oblivion Ring

1 Settle the Wreckage

Deck seems good to me, it'll probably perform well too. Have fun and tell me how it does next time you play.

hungry000 on B/W Gideon, Brisela

1 day ago

Oh, Martyr refers to Martyr of Sands . Sideboard is mostly dependent on what the locals play in your area but here's a general guide:

2-4 graveyard hate cards

2-4 artifact hate cards

2-3 Tron hate cards

2-3 anti-combo cards

2-3 anti-aggro cards

2-4 protection/anti-control cards

When making a sideboard, you should also consider what types of decks your deck will be good against, what decks it's bad against, what cards your opponent may bring in from their sideboard, any factors that may restrict your card choices, and how you can choose cards that will help with your deck's overall game plan while also shoring up your bad matchups. Your deck gains a lot of life and has various control elements, so it'll have a good matchup against aggro decks, a fair one against midrange and control, and a worse one against combo and graveyard decks. Traditionally Martyr decks also have a really tough time against Tron as well. So you'll need to address combo, gy decks, and Tron more heavily than aggro, midrange, and control in your sideboard. Next, your deck plays Martyr of Sands , so you'll want to play as many white sideboard cards as you can.

Here's an example sb:

2 Thoughtseize (alt. Duress for budget)

2 Rest in Peace (alt. Relic of Progenitus )

1 Grafdigger's Cage

2 Stony Silence (alt. Disenchant )

2 Damping Sphere

1 Sorcerous Spyglass

1 Runed Halo

1 Eidolon of Rhetoric

2 Blessed Alliance

1 Timely Reinforcements

If you know what others play in your area, I can make a more refined sb for you. There also exist more budget-friendly sideboard cards, so tell me if you want suggestions.

QuietMyth on Primer: Kozilek Great Distortion of the Boardstate

3 days ago

Quick shave of cards that weren't pulling their weight today. Geode Golem isn't necessary when I can have more ramp to contribute to other big spells too.

Dreamstone Hedron I believe has been pushed out in much the same way Darksteel Forge has, the aging of commander has made it possible for this deck to interact more, so I want to add more of that.

Whispersilk Cloak isnt as high impact as either boots, so better stick to those 2 copies of hexproof abilities.

Going to try out Sorcerous Spyglass based on the fact that it sees a -TON- of play in competitive commander, especially mono blue.

Deal Broker is a good boi

Ripwater on Primer: Kozilek Great Distortion of the Boardstate

4 days ago

Hey QuietMyth

Thanks for the quick response, it really helps with you explaining the choices so I can understand why you made them and will help piloting the deck and making my own choices allong the way. But since you already play it for so long I like to rely a bit on your experience :-)

I kinda overlooked the Soul of New Phyrexia , fills exactly the same role but does more! You really think Darksteel Forge aged badly? It seems like such a powerful card and as I experienced yesterday 9 mana is really not that much.... My playgroup loves to run boardwipes thats why I'm thinking of running it..

I ran Sorcerous Spyglass for quite some time in my Archidekt: Queen Marchesa Deck but I always found it a bit underwhelming and too niche to run it. So I took it out.

So we put The Immortal sun in the not great enough corner, to be fair if I had to choose between immortal sun and Paradox Engine I think the engine would win.

Well the fact that your decission of not running it comes down to the fact of not owning it is enough reason for me to order it hahah. I like your idea about torpor orb as well, shuts down a lot of stuff so I put it on my list as well. Any idea what you would cut for those 2 cards?

Thanks again for the response, I really think brainstorming about cards and decks is one of the fun parts about magic, so I hope this doesnt ask too much of your time and energy :)

QuietMyth on Primer: Kozilek Great Distortion of the Boardstate

4 days ago

Ripwater great to hear!

I rely on Soul of New Phyrexia for my indestructibility. Darksteel like many other cards has aged pretty badly as commander evolves and wizards prints things specifically for commander. Definitely prefer each card to do a variety of things.

Recently with the printing of such strong cards as Yawgmoth, i am looking at adding Sorcerous Spyglass as a versatile answer to many strategies, the deck needs all the cheap interaction it can get without dipping into bad cards like Titan's Presence

The immortal sun is great, its just a matter of fact that now, thankfully, there are enough great colorless cards that we cant play all of them.

Paradox engine ought to be here but i havent picked up a new one. I believe Torpor Orb will be coming back once i can find one too, it is way too good to exclude. Even if its shutting down our powerful Duplicant / Meteor Golem + Mimic Vat it hoses so many lethal effects for this deck like Bane of Progress or Aura Shards . And if we need to turn ETB back on we can sacrifice the orb to our many outlets

TheSlowestBro on Oathbreaker Tamiyo, the Warleader

2 weeks ago

Well I have not taken a crack at Oathbreaker yet, but I play a fair bit of standard on arena, one card that has been really powerful against walkers is Sorcerous Spyglass (I use it with Karn, the Great Creator ), so that might be an Elderspell replacement?

As far as sweepers go, well Settle the Wreckage among others seems like a nice one way sweeper to capitalize on when your opponent goes for a big swing turn to get over your walls?

BraxTune on The Last Hurrah of Ixalan(Lootfolk)

2 weeks ago

With so many strategies to do combat with it's been slow putting a sideboard together. So far I have a full set of Negate and 2x Sorcerous Spyglass . I considered Selective Snare but haven't come against any tribal decks worth being fearful of yet.

Stefouch on Art of Saheeli [Oathbreaker]

3 weeks ago

@Jaytron: Thanks for your feedback.

  • Imprisoned in the Moon seems a very good idea. I could prefer Sorcerous Spyglass over it since it's an artifact, but Imprisoned in the Moon can get rid of creatures. Tough choice.
  • The Hellkite and the Sphinx are great ideas for extra finisher, I will playtest them.
  • I don't like Ancient Stone Idol as it won't help you if you're in a desperate position (read: no tokens).
  • Darksteel Juggernaut can't protect my oathbreaker, except if I find a way to untap it. Unwinding Clock is not enough.
  • I like the -2 of Karn, Scion of Urza, but I don't like its other modes. I'm not sure if it worth testing.

I'll probably add the new Modern Horizons' Urza, Lord High Artificer to the list.

I'm also considering

@grubgrub: I don't play Scalding Tarn because it doesn't bring that much here. I'm already low in basic lands. But I agree the fetchland could replace a painland. I agree with Wasteland too, except Stripmine is even better.

The fact is this decklist reflect my paper deck. Some cards are missing from my inventory.

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